Stoke City transfer update: Ince pictured at training ground, Odemwingie in

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Mark Hughes appears to be very much on the lookout for players still, with Sunderland a club of interest to the Stoke boss.

With just a few days remaining of the transfer window, Stoke are showing no signs of letting up, and there is the possibility of one of the country's brightest young players turning up at the Britannia after media reports on Tuesday.

Hughes to win race for Tom Ince

The England Under-21 international has been one of the country's most sought after players for over a year now, with half of the clubs from the Premier League linked to the youngster at one time or another.

And after his father Paul, a former teammate of Hughes' at Manchester United, was sacked by Blackpool, it seemed that Tom, Blackpool's top scorer with 7 goals, would be on his way out too.

There were strong rumours that he would end up at Swansea earlier in the week, followed by links to Liverpool and Crystal Palace, but on Tuesday, pictures were taken of Ince Junior and Senior at Stoke's training ground. A sure sign that Stoke must now be at the front of the queue for the in-demand winger. 

 

Odemwingie replaces Jones

Hughes has completed one piece of business already this week, exchanging want-away striker Kenwyne Jones for Cardiff's Peter Odemwingie.

The Nigerian had netted just two goals since signing for the Welsh club and it was deemed a deal ideal for all parties involved.

Jones was in the crowd for Cardiff's game at Old Trafford on Tuesday night while Odemwingie is in line to make his debut in Wednesday's trip to Sunderland.

Hughes told the club website: “We’re delighted to have signed Peter. Things haven’t perhaps gone as well for him at Cardiff as he would have hoped and he’s really keen to start afresh with us.

“He has a good goal-scoring record in the Premier League and will bring a different dimension to our attacking options. I’ve no doubts he will prove to be an excellent addition to our squad.”

Poyet angry at Fletcher and Cattermole stories

Sunderland boss Gustavo Poyet has revealed his disappointment that Stoke have been linked to two of his players in the local Stoke press.

The Stoke Sentinel had linked striker Steven Fletcher to the Potters, alongside reports that Hughes was already interested in Lee Cattermole.

Poyet said: "In the local paper we haven’t thrown any rumours that we are interested in any Stoke player which is what has happened down there for the last week.

"We have not had any formal approach or offer from Stoke so for them to be linked with two very important players for us is very disappointing.

"He (Mark Hughes) didn’t call me. I think managers normally call to say when they want a player from another team but he has not called me I can assure you."

Other news:

After just one league appearance for the Potters, Maurice Edu has joined Philadelphia Union on a year long loan.

 

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